Vail Daily obituary: Ann Reilly, 1950-2011 |

Vail Daily obituary: Ann Reilly, 1950-2011

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

Ann Reilly, of Vail, entered eternal life Friday at her residence at the age of 61.

Ann was born on May 26, 1950, in Milwaukee. The eldest of Helen and Paul Reilly’s six children, Ann grew up in Milwaukee, graduating from Dominican High School in 1968. Ann studied at Loretto Heights College in Denver and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974, working in several diplomatic and government positions ,including serving for the secretary to domestic counsel adviser under President Gerald R. Ford. After leaving government service, Ann returned to academia, studying at Georgetown University, graduating in 1982 with a B.A. degree and received her J.D. degree, with honors, from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1986. For the next six years Ann worked as a staff attorney in the Office of the State Public Defender in Milwaukee. Ann relocated to Vail in 1993, where she had a private law practice.

Ann was an active member of the Vail community, volunteering with several local organizations including the Vail Valley Medical Center as well as the International Dance Festival. She was also a board member for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Ann had a natural gift for engaging and befriending people from all walks of life. Many people leaned heavily on Ann for her guidance and support. She will be truly missed.

Ann was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2009 and fought a valiant fight against the disease. She was most appreciative of the support she received from her many friends and family as well as from the doctors and nursing staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and medical centers in Glenwood Springs and Vail.

Ann is the beloved daughter of Helen Jennings Reilly (the late Paul Reilly) of Mequon, Wis. Dear sister of Paul (Diane) Reilly of Chicago, Jane (Johan) Segerdahl of Milwaukee, Julia (Tim) Burke of Mequon, Wis., Nancy (Peter) Chase of Winnetka, Ill., and David (Alison)of London. Ann is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

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A visitation will be held on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Feerick Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old St. Mary Parish, 836 N. Broadway followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial service in Vail will be announced at a later date.

Memorials in Ann’s name would be appreciated by the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657 or to memorials of your choosing.

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